Gaming has captured the hearts of consumers worldwide. In 2018, Americans spent over $43 million on gaming videos, showing a record-breaking 18 percent growth from the previous year. With additions such as virtual reality, gesture-controlled gaming, GameFi and augmented reality, the industry has come a long way from computer card solitaire games and it is showing no signs of slowing down. In addition to mobile platforms, many homeowners are choosing to set up a dedicated game room in the comfort of their own homes. In fact, the addition of a games room in homes today is now a part of many homebuyers' checklists and can boost home prices by 5 percent. However, the process can also come with formidable costs. Equipment and accessories alone can easily cost hundreds of dollars to get started. Whether you are a die-hard gamer or simply looking to update your home, here’s how you can get started on creating a unique and budget-friendly gaming experience in your own home for you and your family to enjoy.

Home Gaming Experience

Utilize Extra Space Or Explore Wallet-Friendly Add-Ons

One of the very first considerations that come to mind when deciding to create an at-home gaming den is its placement. For those with a spare bedroom or office, this is an easy decision. However, those that find their homes occupied may need to get a bit more creative. Shifting around and reorganizing your home’s layout can help you free up space. When doing this and particularly for those with small spaces, you will want to utilize your square footage wisely. This means envisioning your perfect idea for what your gaming room would look like and the equipment (games) you would like to fit in the space. For example, any plans to include a gaming table such as pool or air hockey should include additional space (3-5 feet) around the table to allow for free movement of players. 

You will also want to consider the placement of power sources. Electronic games and consoles will need to be located within a plugging distance to be used and charged at intervals. 

Of course, there is also the option of creating additional space through a home extension or use of cabin/ shed additions to extend your home. The use of cabin additions is a great way to introduce more space into the home and create a dedicated space for your games room. Keep in mind that your individual state zoning rules must be adhered to along with property lines, so be sure to check these before building and deciding on the size of the addition. You will also need to secure the services of a builder and architect to map out your floor plan and precise positioning to match your current home’s roof shape and attachment. There is also the option of having it preassembled and delivered to you if you prefer. Consumers can choose from various models and floorplans and expect to have their prefab cabins in 1-2 weeks. Careful planning ahead, budgeting and involving DIY where possible can help bring down those costs to a manageable amount. Prefab cabin suppliers also offer the option of financing and home equity loans. 

Consider PreLoved When Accessorizing And Equipping Your Gaming Den

Once the space has been created, it is time to bring your dream gaming den to life, with the addition of the perfect furniture and equipment. However, this can cost a pretty penny. While the final cost will depend on the equipment, games, and themes you have in mind, you can also incorporate some clever swaps when outfitting your room. When choosing furniture including gaming chairs or recliners along with electronics such as the gaming console and television screens, consider going preloved. Preloved items come heavily discounted and in some cases, are barely used. This means you end up saving yourself hundreds of dollars. If you are including a video console such as an NES or PS4 in your room, check out online preloved platforms for used game discs or even garage sales. 

Invest In Soundproofing And Lighting- But Do The Work Yourself

The perfect lighting and sound is essential to the perfect gaming experience. Each gaming gadget included in your gaming den will have its own set of power and HDMI cables connecting it to its output source (televisions). With multiple consoles and power sources, this can become tricky and unsightly. It can also be easily solved with the use of an extension cord and clever bundling ideas. Positioning will be key to avoid cross room wiring and disguises such as covering wires with the carpet or bundling them with the use of cable protectors can solve this issue.

When it comes to sound,  you may want to consider investing in soundproofing. Gaming dens can get quite loud and may disrupt other areas of your home and its inhabitants. While a contractor can easily do this job for you, there is also the option of DIY if you wish to save some money. Start with insulation and noise absorbing drywalls along with thicker carpets that may muffle the noise. 

Your home gaming den can be as luxurious and personalized as you wish it to be. Yet, it does not have to be expensive. Simple tricks incorporated into the building and creation process can help you save money along the way, and in the end, relax and enjoy the excitement that it offers, without the hassle of financial worries.


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Platform(s): PS3, Vita
Publisher(s): Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer(s): Sony Computer Entertainment
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Release Date: 2013-11-15

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